POLK COUNTY, FL (WFLA) – Polk County deputies are looking for the suspect wanted for a false report of a bomb which caused an evacuation at the Auburndale Flea Market.
They evacuated the International Market World, also known as the Auburndale Flea Market due to a bomb threat Sunday morning.
According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, they received a verbal bomb threat at 10:50 a.m. Deputies said that a suspect came up to an employee of the market and said that a bomb was about to go off. The suspect walked away. The employee immediately reported the threat. All the buildings of the market located at 1052 US Hwy 92 West in Auburndale were evacuated. PCSO crews conducted a thorough search with a bomb-sniffing K-9. They cleared the buildings by about 1 p.m.
“Bomb threats aren’t funny, or cute,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said. “Peoples’ lives are interrupted and so many first responders spend hours investigating the threat. We’d like your help to identify this suspect so he can appreciate ALL of the law enforcement resources used during a situation like this – from our first response to our jail booking facility.”
Polk detectives are looking for the suspect who is wanted for a False Report of a Bomb which is a second-degree felony. They describe the suspect as a Hispanic male wearing a blue shirt, black gym shorts, black shoes, and sunglasses.
If you have any information about the suspect please call Detective Kier at (863)297-1100. Or if you want to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, you can call (800)226-TIPS or log into www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com
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